BJC Campus Renewal Project

Leveraging Our Expertise

With an abundance of experience in construction for the healthcare industry, Clayco, as part of the ACW Alliance, was tasked with the transformation of the BJC HealthCare/Washington University School of Medicine campus.  ACW Alliance is a joint venture of three leading construction firms – Alberici, Clayco, and S. M. Wilson – providing a team of experienced specialists who bring the most innovative and cost-effective solutions to health care construction.

The project included a new inpatient tower at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, a colossal expansion of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital and upgrading the campus public spaces.

We are honored to leverage our expertise in the healthcare space to deliver this joint project for Washington University School of Medicine and BJC Healthcare. The team was able to complete this project ahead of schedule against rigid deadlines.

Rick Moeckel, Executive Vice President & Shareholder, Institutional Business Unit Leader

Elevating the Patient Experience

BJC HealthCare, the Washington University School of Medicine and the St. Louis Children’s Hospital called for an expansion of multiple facilities. The Clayco team, working with Icon Mechanical, took great efforts to protect patients from dust, noise and vibration resulting from construction, which challenged the team as they were already working within the region’s busiest hospital campus. The team also assisted with the coordination of traffic and pedestrian routing.

The project includes a new, 12-story inpatient tower for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, adding 558,000 square feet of hospital space and 406 additional parking spaces below the facility. The expansion includes women and infant services by the St. Louis Children’s Hospital NICU, as well as expanded inpatient services for the Siteman Cancer Center. The St. Louis Children’s hospital saw a 222,000-square-foot expansion, adding 228 new patient beds, an expanded NICU and additional space for valet parking.

The new hospital also included an additional 2-story penthouse which housed the Central Utility Plant. The collaborative effort combined the skills and expertise from Clayco, Icon Mechanical, Alberici and S.M. Wilson and introduced a unique approach to the project. Conceptual design of the core hospital systems were developed early in the project and bid as a prefabricated Penthouse. This allowed contractors the ability to build the Penthouse a year before the roof of the building would be constructed.

The new facility opened in 2018. The expansion and improvement of the facility elevates the patient and visitor experience through several upgraded elements, including landscaping, lighting, signage, walkways, parking and relocation of service traffic.

“Constant communication was key to the success of this project. Since we were working with Washington University School of Medicine and BJC HealthCare, we relied on two different key players to make timely decisions and work under tight, ever-changing deadlines.”

– Dennis Savat, Vice President, Icon Mechanical